Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I love my walks; they are so much more than a simple cardio routine. They regenerate me in so many ways; breathing fresh air, soaking in beauty, hiking with friends, meditating, photographing, writing (nothing like bringing along a tiny notebook), bird watching, enjoying the beauty in motion that is my flying poodle.
I am so fortunate to have a nature preserve so close by where I can hike.
A fabulous back yard...
And a beautful meadow where Stella can run unleashed and free. Poetry in motion!
The autumn colors are inspiring right now. I love this time of year!
It is pretty hard to find excuses not to walk, and if I do Stella rarely lets me get away with it. If you haven't taken to walking yet, I recommend an active dog! No active dog? Find a place that is beautiful to walk, rural or urban. Grab a partner in crime, or a camera and discover new places. Just moving makes you want more.
If you don't have one, think about a pedometer or step counter. You can get an inexpensive one at any sporting goods store, Target, etc. I invested in a Fitbit which suits my techy little brain and competetive nature.
I love my little fitbit. I splurged on one last December, and have never regretted it. It keeps track of steps, miles, floors, calories burned, and sleep. Not only that, but it will store the information for a few weeks' time if you are unable to sync the info right away; a huge benefit when I was traveling in China this past summer.
I am very happy that SP has made it possilble to sync my fitbit with my Spark tracker. Thank you!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
I commented today on the sudden chill in the air and KAPELAKIN replied that it is time to break out the sweaters and make a pot of soup. Great idea! I already had my warm knit hoody on and my wool socks for my walk with Stella. After our walk, it was time to make that pot of soup.
Vegan Lentil Soup:
1 C lentils, washed, either red or green
1/2 brown rice
2 C vegetable broth
1 C chopped kale (or spinach if you prefer)
1- 4 tablespoons of coarsely chopped onions depending on taste
1- 2 cloves of garlic depending on taste
1T olive oil
Put the stock, lentils, and brown rice in the crock pot.
Chop the carrots and greens, and place in crock pot.
Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add curry powder to taste. Use the mild kind if you don't like spicy - I use the hot curry powder. If you don't like curry, leave it out entirely. Grind a bit of pepper into the mix. Add the sauteed veggies to the crock pot.
Cook for 4 hours or until rice and lentils are soft and the flavors well blended. Add water or more broth as necessary if the soup gets too thick for your taste.
Add salt (to taste) last, or not at all if you are on a low sodium diet.
The proteins in the lentils and rice combine to make a complete protein. Serve with bread, or muffins, or let it be a meal in and of itself. I like mine with naan.
The photo is a before picture, right after all of the ingredients are in the crock pot.
One great thing about cooler weather - SOUP!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Life is all about growing and letting go, isn't it?
Last night was the first time I have been in my friend's house since she died. It hit me harder than I expected it to.
It is hard sometimes, not to clutch on to our material world, to want to hold onto what is no longer here, to live in the present.
We are mortals...
sharing the earth for what is, in the broad scope of things, a very short time.
Losing someone close makes it hard to live in the present, but also makes it clear how important it is to do just that; to really embrace life and the people we share it with.
Autumn is, perhaps, a shining example of letting go.
Monday, October 01, 2012
In case you were needing a Stella fix....
Honestly, this girl cracks me up! There is nothing she loves more than a pillow to cozy up to once the evening settles in.
On the home front. I officiated my friend's celebration of life on Saturday and it was a beautiful event. After worrying over it, and working too many hours at work as well, I finally had time to just feel sad on Sunday instead of sad, stressed, and overworked. Having the service behind me was a huge burden removed.
This was a lovely Monday. The philharmonic chamber orchestra played at our school this morning, and I took my class on our Monday 2.5 hour nature hike. It was cool and crisp, the colors changing, the sky gray but with a lovely filtered light. Stella and I got in our evening walk before it rained, and now there is a gentle rain tapping out a lullaby on the roof. Perfect for sleeping to.
Music, a long hike in the woods, a walk with Stella, a gentle breeze, and a soft rain... a perfect day, really.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I have lost a very close friend, a cherished friend of 30 years. It is hard to imagine never seeing her again and hearing her voice and laughter. She was the kind person who, if we are lucky, we get to know and share the world with; generous of spirit, compassionate, witty, strong, and filled with the joy of living.
I am okay. I am sad, but okay. I find myself needing to find the rare quiet times I get during the school year, to turn inward and find emotional peace. This is why I have not been spending time here. I have been taking meditative walks, playing music, planning my friend's memorial service which I will officiate, and being gentle with myself.
Thank you to everyone who has checked in with me and sent me messages. While I have been quiet, I have appreciated your support and friendship.
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